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This column is for September 6, 2012

Can you believe it is September already? Where did the year go? Acton Fair has already been held, children are back in school, summer residents have returned to their home states, real estate tax bills have been mailed, the municipal budget season is upon us. Next we will be celebrating Thanksgiving and hearing the greeting “Merry Christmas” as the year ends.

CONTRACT SHERIFF PROGRAM

A public hearing will be held on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 7 pm at the Town Hall to discuss the proposed “Contract Sheriff Program” offered by the York County Sheriff Maurice Ouellette to the Town of Shapleigh and Acton. The Board of Selectmen has met with Sheriff Ouellette regarding this matter. Also the Board met with the full Acton Board of Selectmen since both towns are considering a partnership to share the cost of this effort. Each town would be paying only half of the $40,000 required under the grant process and would be sharing the services of the deputy sheriff who would be dedicated to covering the two towns for a total of 40 hours a week (20 hours in each).

Benefits which will result from having a deputy sheriff assigned to both Shapleigh and Acton will include an active law enforcement presence; enforcement of the Town “No Parking” ordinances and other local ordinances which previously could not be handled by the sheriff’s department. Property break-ins, theft and other crimes may be lessened or prevented entirely. Response time to complaints can be dealt with in a more timely manner. The public will be able to meet on a 1 to 1 basis with the deputy in their town hall on hours scheduled for that purpose.

A special town meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 7 pm at the Town Hall to act on the warrant articles related to this subject.

RESIGNATIONS

Several resignations have been received over the past weeks by the Board of Selectmen. Carole Collins, Bill Mageary and Eileen Mageary have resigned from the Shapleigh Community Day Committee for various reasons. Bill Mageary has resigned from being the “handyman” at the Town Hall. The Selectmen have acknowledged the contributions that these persons have made to the Town by sending a letter of appreciation to each of them.

Ashley Frasier has resigned from both the Fire Department and Rescue Squad.

APPOINTMENTS

The Board of Selectmen has appointed Peter Cutrer, a resident of Shapleigh, as Chief of Rescue to finish out the balance of the term which ends December 31, 2012. Kevin Romano, the previous chief resigned from the post. Deputy Chief Natasha Kinney has been performing the duties necessary during the interim search for a new chief. Cutrer anticipates getting to know all the members of Rescue working in their current capacities as he becomes familiar with the operations of the department. Cutrer’s goal is to improve the squads current performance, increase membership, and inspire the membership to become one of the most highly regarded volunteer Squads in the area.

CHANGE IN HOURS

The Shapleigh Community Library will be operating under the fall and winter schedule as of September 1, 2012. From now through April 30, 2013 the facility will be open on Tuesday from 1 pm to 4 pm as well as on Thursday and
Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. FMI call 636-3630 during those hours.

NO CHANGE is taking place at this time at the Transfer Station. Summer hours will continue throughout the remainder of September on Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 4 pm. Winter hours will begin on October 1, 2012.

CEO ACTIVITY

Shapleigh property owners who obtained building permit from Code Enforcement Officer Steve McDonough during the past several weeks include the4 following:

  • Vincent Srebnick, Hemlock Rd, Square Pond, to cut 4 trees in the shoreland zone
  • Susan Kronland, Dahlia Rd, Square Pond, cut 5 trees in the shoreland zone, approximately 150 feet from the water, no soil disturbance
  • Bruce Ballard, Indian Village Rd, Square Pond, build a 19x26 garage, location Planning Board approved
  • Joseph Huggins, Dogwood Rd, build a12x13 addition with a 6x6 deck, insulated to the 2009 IECC, lot coverage submitted prior to start
  • Richard P. Martel, Silver Lake Rd, Silver Lake, replace patio retaining walls to what was pre-existing size and place, After The Fact
  • Paula Baldwin, Indian Village Rd, Square Pond, install drywells for downspouts, mulch and plantings
  • Leo Keane, Pine Springs Rd, Pine Springs Lake, cut up 2 blown down trees, 10 small uprooted birches, clear away growth from driveway, mow grown-in lawn and clear winding path to water, all stumps to remain in place, no soil disturbance
  • Merrianne O’Keefe, Silver Lake Rd, install a complete forced hot water heating system and a new chimney
  • William Lohrman, Treasure Island, Square Pond, install a drip-line trench, mulch and add plantings
  • James McNamara Jr, Treasure Island, Square Pond, install an infiltration path, a drip-line trench, and add mulch and plantings

A reminder to property owners: Before undertaking any project on your property please contact the Code Enforcement Officer to find out if a permit is required for that activity. This may prevent future problems. If a violation were to be discovered, an After the Fact (ATF) permit and related costs would be significantly increased. “A penny saved is a penny earned.”

PLANNING BOARD

Acting on the application of Robert Ferrara Jr, the Planning Board approved a renewal for three years for moving in excess or 150 cubic yards on property listed as Map 10 Lot 22, 2 Oakhill Rd (off Route 11). In 2009 the original Conditional Use Permit to excavate approximately 200,000 yards of material. That is an ongoing operation which has now been extended to 2015. To date only 1,000 cubic yards had been removed,

Residential Growth Permits are still available for the year 2012. There is no waiting period for obtaining a GP. FMI contact the Land Use Secretary at 636-2843 ext 404.

GOT NEWS?

Anyone who has news of any family event, such as reunions, etc. and would like to have it printed here may send it to townmother@hotmail.com or call 636-2843, ext.406.

CHURCH NEWS

The First Baptist Church will be celebrating a great summer with an outdoor barbecue after worship service on Sunday, September 2, 2012. The summer was filled with Christian teaching at worship services and Vacation Bible School. One of their own was sent as a missionary to Xai Xai, Mozambique to minister to the people there. There were many activities such as the men’s baseball team; youth pool parties; women’s craft groups, sewing-machine socials where folks brought their machines and made shorts for the boys and dresses for the girls in Mozambique; and more. Thrift sales and clothing give-aways were held on the first and third Saturdays of each month. A successful “Family Fun Day” was held at Shapleigh Commons to reach out to the community and let folks know what the church had to offer. A worship service was held on Sunday. August 26, 2012 at the Acton Fair at which Ken Baratta, a member of the church, delivered the morning message and the music leadership group led the music.

Dr. Jonathan Bosse has been serving as pastor of the church for a full year now, having arrived with his family in Shapleigh from Maryland in August of 2011. The fall and winter schedule for the First Baptist Church of Shapleigh at 600 Shapleigh Corner Rd. will be implemented as of September 9, 2012 when the worship service will begin at 11 am. Sunday School will resume at 9:30 am.

Throughout the entire year the First Baptist Church operates a “Food Pantry” to serve families who are in need of food. The deaconate of the church administers the program which operates on Wednesdays from 6 pm to 7 pm. Personal supplies such as shampoo, soap, paper goods, and more are also available. Members of the church provide much of the inventory available but there is a big boost each spring from the U.S. postal carriers’ food drive to benefit local food pantries. Also there are a number of generous townspeople who donate funds as well as groceries to assist those in need. A collection box is located at the Town Hall in the Town Clerk/Tax Collector’s lobby where non-perishable food can be placed at any time when the Town Hall is open.